2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby StefanW » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:13 pm

T Alerts wrote:Newburyport Line Train 163 (1:20 pm outbound) will be assisted back to Boston where a new train set will take passengers out to Newburyport.


Looks like outbound train 111 just used track 2 to run around the dead 163. The inbound 168 was holding at the Wonderland interlocking for 111 to pass, and appears to be now going to be crossing over to track 1 to shove the dead 163 back in. Quite a ballet.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby StefanW » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:24 pm

T Alerts wrote:Update: Newburyport Train 163 (1:20 pm outbound) will NOW be assisted to Lynn where a new train set will take passengers to Newburyport.


T Alerts wrote:A Shuttle bus will replace Newburyport Train 170 between Newburyport & Beverly. Passengers can take Rockport Train 118 at 3:58pm from Beverly to continue inbound to Boston.


Indeed train 168 went by 163 on track 2 as usual, not helping out. Sounds like the set that was going to be 170 is now going deadhead to Lynn. Maybe one of the new leased work units is doing the rescue "assist" of 163 to Lynn and presumably back to the house. That would be an interesting photo op at Lynn in a little while.

Very unusual set of moves!
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby StefanW » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:40 pm

Train 163 (previously dead, now presumably being rescued) is back online and heading north.
https://sites.harvard.edu/~wuensch/T/co ... l?car=1652

If the speed doesn't get up to the usual 70MPH between Eastern Ave. and the Saugus Draw - which seems to be the case because it's only going 31MPH going by the Wonderland interlocking - then we can assume it's a double-draft with the set that was going to be 170 that came down from Newburyport for the rescue, or it's got a work engine tied on. Once it gets to Lynn if the car ID changes from 1652 to another one that will be interesting to see.

Even as I was typing that, this oddly-worded update came across:
T-Alerts wrote:Update: Newburyport Train 163 (1:20 pm outbound) an extra train set is approaching Lynn to assist passengers to Newburyport from Train 163.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby StefanW » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:10 pm

Weird... the formerly-disabled train 163 is heading all the way up to Newburyport still with the consist with CTC 1652.
https://sites.harvard.edu/~wuensch/T/co ... l?car=1652

It was going almost 60MPH between Beverly and North Beverly so somehow it's not a double set after all. Maybe they did the passenger transfer from the dead set to this set at Chelsea instead of Lynn.

I wish the MBTA would send location data for all train sets all the time, even when not on a revenue trip, but they don't want to do that for some reason.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby sery2831 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:17 am

122 towed 120 in from Rockport last night. The 2019 had issues.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby johnpbarlow » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:08 pm

At noon today at the Needham Heights layover yard, an MBTA Geep of some sort (it was too far away for me to ID it) latched onto the cab car end of a 5 car train (all single level) and its F40PH "power" and pulled it out of the south end of the yard (a fairly rare move as most yard access happens at the north end to/from the Needham Heights platform) heading to perhaps the shops? I'm guessing this train failed to launch for the morning rush but I could be wrong.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Rbts Stn » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:50 pm

There was a significant (30 min or so) delay on the first train of the day from Needham on Friday
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